Othello

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 3

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OTHELLO

Honest, ay, honest.

OTHELLO

Honest, yes, honest.

IAGO

My lord, for aught I know.

IAGO

As far as I know, sir.

OTHELLO

    What dost thou think?

OTHELLO

What are you thinking?

IAGO

Think, my lord?

IAGO

Thinking, my lord?

OTHELLO

110“Think, my lord?” Alas, thou echo’st me
As if there were some monster in thy thought
Too hideous to be shown. Thou dost mean something.
I heard thee say even now thou lik’st not that
When Cassio left my wife. What didst not like?
115And when I told thee he was of my counsel
Of my whole course of wooing, thou cried’st “Indeed?”
And didst contract and purse thy brow together
As if thou then hadst shut up in thy brain
Some horrible conceit. If thou dost love me
120Show me thy thought.

OTHELLO

“Thinking, my lord?” My God, you keep repeating everything I say as if you were thinking something too horrible to say out loud. You’re thinking something. Just a minute ago I heard you say you didn’t like it when Cassio left my wife. What didn’t you like? And when I told you he was involved the whole time I was trying to get Desdemona, you were like, “Oh, really?” And then you frowned and wrinkled up your forehead as if you were imagining something horrible. If you’re my friend, tell me what you’re thinking.

IAGO

My lord, you know I love you.

IAGO

My lord, you know I’m your friend.

OTHELLO

I think thou dost.
And for I know thou 'rt full of love and honesty
And weigh’st thy words before thou giv’st them breath,
125Therefore these stops of thine fright me the more.
For such things in a false disloyal knave
Are tricks of custom, but in a man that’s just
They are close dilations, working from the heart,
That passion cannot rule.

OTHELLO

I think you are. And I know you’re full of love and honesty, and you think carefully before you speak. That’s why these pauses of yours frighten me. If some fool were withholding things from me, I wouldn’t think twice about it. If some lying, cheating villain acted like that, it would just be a trick. But when an honest man acts like that, you know he’s wrestling with bad thoughts and can’t help it.

IAGO

    For Michael Cassio,
130I dare be sworn, I think, that he is honest.

IAGO

As for Michael Cassio, I think it would be safe for me to swear that he’s honest.

OTHELLO

I think so too.

OTHELLO

I think so too.